FBI Retaliation Against Employee Highlighted in New Filing by Empower Oversight to OPR, IG

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Empower Oversight is pressing the Justice Department Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate retaliation against an FBI unit chief and program manager after she made protected disclosures to her chain of command. Monica Shillingburg, a program manager and unit chief at the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Federal News Network: VA whistleblower office no longer ‘agency in crisis.’ But lawmakers question its results

A Department of Veterans Affairs office that investigates whistleblower retaliation cases says VA leadership is acting on more of its recommendations for disciplinary action. Members of the House VA Committee, however, are concerned VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP) doesn’t have independence from the rest of the department to carry out its work,

Senate Intelligence Committee Leadership Agrees to Changes Preserving FBI Whistleblower Protections

Grassley Thanks Whistleblower Groups Led by Empower Oversight for Supporting Coalition Letter WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced in a statement submitted to the U.S. Congressional Record that the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has agreed to changes to improve whistleblower protections in the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA).  Grassley